Judge Orders Three Teens To Youth Detention Center After Alleged Gang Attack

All three teenage boys are facing charges under Georgia’s Street Gang Act, which adds stiffer penalties for crimes associated with street gangs.
Three teenage boys alleged to have been involved in last week’s attack of a local freshman football player following football practice at Coffee High School were ordered to be detained in the Youth Detention Center during a juvenile court hearing held in Douglas on Friday, July 1. The three are alleged to have been involved with the “Gangster Disciples,” and the attack occurred after the victim refused an invitation to join the gang. 
As first reported by The Enterprise, a freshman football player was attacked twice on Wednesday, July 29, a little after 12:00 noon at Coffee High, and cell phone videos captured both incidents. The Enterprise obtained copies of the videos, which show the victim being assaulted on two occasions, once outside the gymnasium at Coffee High and the other occurring in the gym. 
The first video shows a group of four to five ninth grade football players following the victim and suddenly one of those facing charges approaches the victim from behind, grabs him and slams him to the ground. 
Just a few minutes later, the second video shows several individuals attacking the victim in the gym. At one point, the victim, who tried to run away, fell to the ground and curled up in a fetal position while his attackers were punching and kicking him. Prior to falling to the ground, the victim suffered a “sucker punch” to the head. 
Both videos were uploaded on Youtube on Wednesday, but both were taken off the website just minutes later, according to the victim’s family, who was able to save the videos before they were taken down.   
All three teenage boys are facing charges under Georgia’s Street Gang Act, which adds stiffer penalties for crimes associated with street gangs.
    
See the front page of the Wednesday, July 6, 2016 edition.

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